The Essential Edition is a letterpress printed edition of 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke and it is limited to just 400 copies.
Bound in a special brown paper with texture akin to ground and rocks, meant to signify the dawn of the Stone Age and ape-men’s life in caves. The front cover features an illustration of a femur bone shaped into a weapon. The book comes in a slipcase bound in the same material as the book.
This edition is currently available for preorder. We expect the production to finish by the end of Q2 2024. It will be shipped via DHL Express in an insured package upon completion.
FREE insured shipping worldwide via DHL Express once the production of the book is completed, which is expected to happen by the end of Q22024.
Limited to 400 copies.
The book and the slipcase are bound in a special brown paper with texture featuring off-white foil blocking on the front and on the spine.
Monolith projection-inspired endpapers.
Printed letterpress on Fedrigoni paper.
Six full page colour illustrations.
Royal UK trim size (156 x 234 mm)
Several hidden design details.
Bookmark inspired by the voyage into the monolith.
For more information on this edition, please read below or check out our production methods.
Please note that these product photos are photos of hard proof prototypes and the final product is liable to changes and could feature some improvements as well.
It is important to note that the purchase of this edition not only grants you early access to the private preorders for our next title, but also opens up special pricing reserved only for customers allowed in during that time.
Since we’re based in Croatia, EU, our native currency is euro. If you’re from USA or UK, the price will be automatically converted from euro to your domestic currency by the current going rate either right away or at the checkout when you enter your shipping address. Customers from other countries will be charged in euros since we are unable to currently support that many currencies.
The Essential Edition of 2001: A Space Odyssey, also known as the Cave Edition, is limited to just 400 copies.
All four editions share the same creative concept, but each is dedicated to one of the four acts of the story. The concept is based on humanity’s voyage over the millennia; all the way from living in caves to travelling into the unknown, occasionally interacting with intelligences other than our own. Each of these interactions has a huge impact on humanity. That is why all six illustrations are focused on such interactions, whether with otherworldly intelligences or own creations (but all of them artificial), which influence the humanity for better or for worse. The task of creating these challenging illustrations was entrusted to the extremely talented Anna Šagadin.
The introduction was written by Daniela Jović from Spacemanic, who played a vital role in turning our idea of monoliths from space into a reality. Her experience working in the space sector and with this project give a unique perspective on 2001: A Space Odyssey.
This edition is focused on the 1st act of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the dawn of man. The book and the slipcase are bound in special brown paper (aptly named “Clay”) with a texture akin to ground and rocks. This material was chosen specifically as a memento to the dawn of the Stone Age and ape-men’s life in caves at the time. Both the book and the slipcase feature off-white foil blocking on the front and the spine. The front cover of the book features an illustration of a femur bone shaped into a weapon; mankind’s first “tool”. The endpapers were inspired by the various geometric shapes that the monolith projected to ape-men as it nudged their evolution.
The bookmark is two-sided, inspired by the voyage through the monolith. It, therefore, represents the monolith reduced to two dimensions with the help of holographic foil blocking. The design of all elements featured on the case, the book, and the bookmark was done by the exceptional designer and our long-time collaborator Damir Mazinjanin.
The entirety of the book will be printed letterpress on our very own Heidelberg Cylinder.
The whole run will have 400 copies, with a couple of additional publisher’s copies for the key participants of the project that will never be for sale.
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